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Doctoral Studies in General

Students wishing to pursue a doctoral degree in Germany need to be aware that for the most part they need to find a supervisor themselves before applying for admission!

A good overview what steps are necessary to become a doctoral student in Germany can be found on the following website:


In addition, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) publishes a brochure about "The German doctorate. A guide for doctoral candidates":                  


For information about doctoral programs in Berlin check out the webpage of the Einstein Foundation Berlin:



Doctoral research at Faculty II

The doctoral degree is the University's principal research degree for graduate students and is regulated by a common set of doctoral regulations for all faculties.

Doctoral regulations as of 05 February 2014

The formal requirement for admission to doctoral studies at the Faculty II – Mathematics and Natural Sciences at TU Berlin is a master’s degree (or equivalent) in the area in which you plan to write your dissertation. Completion of the doctorate requires writing a dissertation and taking an oral examination (disputation).

General enrollment information for doctoral students

The Faculty II – Mathematics and Natural Sciences awards two different types of doctoral degrees:

Doktor der Naturwissenschaften (Dr. rer. nat.) – Doctorate in Natural Sciences

Doktor der Ingenieurwissenschaften (Dr.-Ing.) – Doctorate in Engineering

 Steps required:

1) Please inform the Faculty II – Mathematics and Natural Sciences as soon as possible of your plans to begin a doctorate with the “Admission to the Doctoral Procedure”.

Admission to the Doctoral Procedure (PDF, 48,9 KB)

 2) Once you finished your dissertation you need to apply for the “Application for the Doctoral Examination Procedure”at least 4 months before the date of your disputation!!!!

Application for the Doctoral Examination Procedure (PDF, 52,8 KB)



You can find an overview of disputation dates here.

Disputations are open to the university public and you are welcome to attend.

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Auxiliary Functions

Annett Gillmeister - Doctorates in Mathematics and Physics

Telephone: +49 30 314 79714
Facsimile: +49 30 314 21754
Room: BEL 305

Sekretariat: BEL 1

Office hours:
Mon, Wed 9:00 - 11.30,
Fri by arrangement
Lara Schäfer - Doctorates in Chemistry

Telephone: +49 30 314 23814
Facsimile: +49 30 314 21754
Room: BEL 216

Sekretariat: BEL 1

Office hours:
Tue 12:30 - 15:00
Thu 10:00 - 12:00

Fri by arrangement